CM Biren inspects National Sports University construction

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Tuesday inspected the progress of construction of permanent campus of the National Sports University at Haraothel / Koutruk in Imphal West.

The inspection came after Biren had a video conferencing with Union youth affairs and sports minister Kiren Rijiju on early completion of construction of the campus on Monday.

The chief was accompanied by youth affairs and sports minister Letpao Haokip. They were briefed by the officials of NBCC (India) Ltd., the work agency of the project.

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Biden said it is a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also a dream university of the people of the North East and Manipur in particular.

The project was delayed due to a communication gap between the Centre and the state, Biren said.

As the matter has been sorted out now, the project would see the light of day soon, he added. Now, the work agency has been changed and the project has been handed over to NBCC (India) Ltd. As such, the new agency has come up with new construction plans, drawing, blueprint, etc., the chief minister informed.

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He said a committee headed by state chief secretary has been formed to oversee the work progress. Union youth affairs and sports secretary and joint secretary and commissioner (YAS), government of Manipur would be the members of the committee which would submit reports to the chief minister and Union minister Kiren Rijiju on weekly basis. As such, the project would see visible changes soon, the chief minister said.

The proposal for the setting up of the National Sports University was announced in 2014.The foundation stone for the construction of the University was laid by Narendra Modi on March 16, 2018. Kiren Rijiju visited the campus site in September last year, a DIPR press release said.

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